CFP: 2018 Osiris

Call for papers

The Editorial Board of Osiris solicits proposals for Volume 37 which will appear in 2022. Osiris is an international research journal devoted to the history of science and its cultural influences and is a publication of the History of Science Society and the University of Chicago Press.

Osiris aims to connect the history of science with other areas of historical scholarship. Volumes of the journal are designed to explore how, where, and why science draws upon and contributes to society, culture, and politics. The journal’s editors and board members strongly encourage proposals that engage with and examine broad themes while aiming for diversity across time and space. The journal is also very interested in receiving proposals that assess the state of the history of science as a field, broadly construed, in both established and emerging areas of scholarship. Forthcoming volumes are concerned with the history of science, technology, and capitalism; science and science fiction; science, technology, and food; and global medical cultures and laws.

Proposals should include the following items:

  1. A description of the topic and its significance (approximately 2000 words), especially highlighting the significance of the proposed volume to the history of science, broadly construed. For an example of a successful proposal, see
  2. A list of 12 to 15 contributors and essay title + detailed description of each contributor’s individual essay
  3. A two-page c.v. of the guest editor(s)

The guest editor(s) and their contributors must be prepared to meet the Osiris publication schedule. Volume 37 (2022) will go to press – after refereeing, authors’ revisions, and copy-editing – in the fall of 2021. The guest editor(s) must therefore choose contributors who are able to submit their completed essays by the summer of 2020.

Proposals will be reviewed by the Osiris Editorial Board at the annual meeting of the History of Science Society. The announcement of the next volume of Osiris will be made in January 2019.

Proposals and all supporting material should be sent in paper or electronic copy by 15 October 2018 to both Patrick McCray and Suman Seth: 

Patrick McCray
Department of History
University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9410

Suman Seth
321 Morrill Hall
Department of Science and Technology Studies
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Posted: April 18, 2018